Rice. Pudding. Two words to strike fear into my heart and, unfortunately, this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe. Rice pudding with caramel apples (p. 429) to be exact. Not sure when exactly my dislike for rice pudding started and I am not sure exactly what it is about this dish I don’t like but the smell of the warm, milky rice is not one of my favourite things. I remember my sister used to eat her cereal (Coco Pops) with warm milk and even the smell of that heating up on the stove was enough to drive me out of the kitchen at an early age (so, a powerful smell, since the kitchen was one of my favourite places to be even back then).
But, you know, when you haven’t missed a recipe in coming up to THREE YEARS of French Fridays with Dorie, (!) you just go ahead and make the dish even if you think or know you won’t like it.
Actually what saved the dish for me was a jar of Chef Lora Kirk‘s maple cranberry caramel from Ruby Eats. The maple caramel with cranberries drizzled over the apples which had been sautéed in a little butter was spectacular on its own.
And you know what? It actually wasn’t bad. To serve this again, I would use a mason jar half this size because it was a lot. But with the ratio I used (a LOT of apples for not a lot of rice pudding) this was pretty tasty. So there you go – maybe I can learn to like rice pudding after all!
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